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The information technology sector (IT sector)
|“||consists of companies that develop the advanced hardware and software and provide the services that have not only made the Internet an extraordinarily fertile environment for innovations creating new value and greater efficiency, but also other non-Internet, information and communication-based innovations that have supported a record of rapid and sustained economic growth.||”|
The Information Technology (IT) Sector is central to the U.S.'s security, economy, and public health and safety. Businesses, governments, academia, and private citizens are increasingly dependent upon IT Sector functions. These virtual and distributed functions produce and provide hardware, software, and IT systems and services, and — in collaboration with the Communications Sector — the Internet. The IT Sector functions are operated by a combination of entities — often owners and operators and their respective associations — that maintain and reconstitute the network, including the Internet. The Internet encompasses the global infrastructure of packet-based networks and databases that use a common set of protocols to communicate. The networks are connected by various transports, and the availability of these networks and services is the collective responsibility of the IT and Communications Sectors.
- ↑ Advisory Commission on Electronic Commerce Report to Congress 9 (Apr. 3, 2000).